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* Posts by Sam Machin

8 posts • joined 12 Jul 2007

Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

Sam Machin

Only Half?

So they've just admitted that they haven't been trying to fill the jobs locally before applying for a visa, time to start rejecting the other half as well I think.

Now if only the UK would wake up and realise too.....

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BAN THIS SICK FILCH: Which? demands end to £1.50-per-min 'help' lines

Sam Machin

Re: British Airways

If calling BA's 0191 number you can dial 141 first to withhold your number then they don't bounce your call, works a treat for making sure the calls are included in my O2 inclusive minutes.

Can do the same with skype although 141 doesn't work so you have to go into your account and turn off your CallerID which is a pain.

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Google's Android celebrates fourth birthday

Sam Machin

Re: Inquiring Minds Want To Know

The first 2 versions of Android were known as Astro & Bender,

Andy Rubin is a big robot fan and wanted to name each version after a famous robot but most of those names are trademarks so Google Legal veto'd it, otherwise we'd have probably had C3PO instead of cupcake.

The same reason why none of the current names will be brands otherwise it would have been Jello instead of JellyBean.

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Apple Oz offers refunds for confused 4G iPad owners

Sam Machin
Flame

Wrong way around

Apple should ask the court to order all the Aus 4G networks to put stickers on their towers and point of sale saying "Not compatible with the new iPad"

</sarcasm>

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iPhone thieves collared by Jobsian GPS

Sam Machin
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Remote Detonation

I'd much rather have a feature that allows me to turn the iPhone into an exploding fireball remotely, at least that way there'd be some Justice.

New iPhone = £400

Theaving b***ard scarred for life = Priceless

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Broadband big boys waiting on data pimping

Sam Machin
Stop

DNS

I'm not sure how they are doing this but I'm pretty sure that putting a proxy inline to monitor all your traffic wouldn't be viable, the sheer volume of broadband traffic for the possible payoff in ad revenue would destroy the business case before it got off the ground.

Other possibilities are that they are doing some kind of port spanning (think wire tap) of all traffic to some big servers that store & mine all this information offline but that would still be very expensive.

My guess is that they are using information from DNS, (For the non geeks: when you type www.cheesecake.com into a browser firstly your computer asks the ISP what the address of the site is (a very small amount of data) and then you connect to that site and download the huge volume of data)

If they were logging these DNS lookups that would tell you which user (IP address but they can map that back to an account) Requested what site and at what time. This is quite a lot of valuable information without having to add massive amounts of hardware.

So the simple answer is not to use your ISP's DNS (If thats how they are doing it) I recommend opendns (http://opendns.org) its often faster and has some nice value added features all for free.

Note: opendns make their money by feeding you through their link to google for search rather than direct but I'm far happier to trust them than most ISP's.

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'Happy slapping' vids prompt Brown to push net filters

Sam Machin

Teaching the Kids some tech skills

About time the government did something to get some decent IT skills among our children. At least this way installing filters on their web browsing will force the kids to learn useful skills such as SSH tunneling and anonymous proxies ;-)

Censoring the net using technology will never work!

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Nokia swallows Skype on tablet deal

Sam Machin

No Video

The skype client for the N800 doesn't seem to support Video! I purchased one of these on the promise of skype support and seeing as they've included a video camera for 'internet calling' I think it's reasonable to expect Skype to use it!

Instead I'm stuck with only the proprietary nokia video call client which means I can only call people with Windoze who've installed yet another communications client, Skype is by far the best video conf app out there as it works across multiple platforms and behind whatever kind of horrible hotel NAT & firewall you may come across, Come on Nokia stop giving us half arsed products.

</rant>

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